Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Providing the infrastructure to maintain
Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) as a world-class gateway.

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What is a master plan update?

GFIA is embarking upon an 18-month process to develop a Master Plan Update. An Airport Master Plan Update is a management tool for strategic positioning that maximizes operational efficiency and business effectiveness through pragmatic planning. Beginning with an Airport Vision, the Master Plan is an assessment of existing facilities and future demand. It identifies future facility requirements and culminates in an affordable implementation program. It is a sustainable plan and takes into account environmental consequences and the ability to timely finance development in the best sequence to meet future demand.

Why is GFIA doing a master plan?

GFIA last completed a Master Plan Update in 2004. Since then, the airport has implemented most of the projects in that plan – terminal expansion, parking garage with covered roof, canopy between the terminal and garage, and an all-weather runway system that is safe, efficient, and modern. At the same time, GFIA has seen its corporate aviation growth outpace national trends and play an important role in generating new opportunities for local businesses across the globe. The Master Plan Update also will develop a strategy for maximizing revenue generation for GFIA’s aeronautical and non-aeronautical lands.

The Master Plan Update responds to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirement of updating its plan periodically as needed to reflect community growth, expansion of facilities, and changes in federal standards. An Airport Layout Plan (ALP), part of the Master Plan Update, is a graphic depiction of existing and proposed development and is the basis for federal funding. To be eligible for federal funding, a project must be shown on the ALP.

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